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Jobs at Kenya’s Quickmart supermarkets with KSh350 ‘application fee’? No, it’s a scam

A message posted on “Jobs within Nairobi”, a Facebook group page, claims 640 jobs are available in February 2022 at Quickmart supermarkets in several Kenyan cities and towns.

It says the staff will be based at 14 new branches in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kakamega, Nyeri, Kiambu Kisii, Machakos, Kericho, Nanyuki, Mtito-Andei and Kitale.

The positions advertised include cleaners, guards, technicians, customer care receptionists, storekeepers, distributors and marketers. Successful job applicants are promised a minimum starting salary of KSh30,000.

The application process looks suspiciously like other scams we’ve seen that try to con job seekers. But is this offer legit? We checked.

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​​Google Form for application

The first sign that it’s a scam is that the link for the application form takes users to a Google Form, not Quickmart’s website.

The second sign is that it asks for money.

“Register with Ksh350 application fee paid to Human Resource Office.The amount is automatically refunded if you don't qualify,” the second page of the form reads.

“NOTE: ONLY APPLICANTS WHO HAVE PAID REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE CONSIDERED.”

Reputable companies don’t ask people to pay for job applications.

‘Fake jobs alerts’

We checked Quickmart’s Facebook page and Twitter account for the job advert and found that the supermarket had flagged a similar post as fake.

 

⚠️FAKE JOBS ALERT⚠️

Kindly disregard any job postings that are not shared from our official social media pages or website. Kaaeni Rada!#FreshandEasy #TukoFreshTukoEasy #PamojaNawe pic.twitter.com/VbUbfgWZhy

— Quickmart Kenya (@QuickmartKenya) February 1, 2022

 

“FAKE JOBS ALERT,” the warning reads

“Kindly disregard any job postings that are not shared from our official social media pages or website. Kaaeni Rada [Stay alert]!” 

The supermarket chain’s name has been used frequently by swindlers. Quickmart has always warned that it does not charge any job application fees.

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